The University’s Centenary Commitments and the Swansea Graduate underpin planned developments for learning, teaching and assessment over the next five years, coupled with curriculum enhancements to deliver these, and enhance support for all students.
The Code of Practice is aligned with the core principles of the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2019-2024 and Swansea University Strategy which aim to support the development of the ‘Swansea Graduate’ in the following areas:
- Inclusive learning and teaching – to embrace the view of the individual and individual difference as the source of diversity that enriches society, both recognising individual needs and helping the wider student community to expose and explore issues of privilege and bias.
- Inclusive assessment and feedback – to improve the effectiveness of assessment and feedback methods for staff and students and to reduce the overall burden of assessment.
- Research-led, practice-driven learning – to integrate students into the research and practice community and to inspire them with the opportunities of research and ‘real-working’ practices.
- Technology enhanced learning – to provide support for alternative delivery methods and to promote a digital culture.
- Student professional and academic development – to embed within the curriculum the academic, personal and professional skills that will make an impact in business, organisations and the industry.
- Student opportunities – to increase the range of opportunities for students to study abroad or take part in volunteering and UK placement opportunities.
- We will deliver inspirational teaching, enhanced and informed by world-class research and professional practice.
- We will increase the participation of students from under-represented groups and communities and provide the quality of support needed to enable their success.
- We will respect and value our students as partners.
- We will create a supportive and enriching learning environment for all our students.
- We will provide exciting opportunities for students to enhance their skills, global knowledge and cultural agility.
- We will support our students to achieve the highest possible academic and employment outcomes.
- We will ensure that students receive the best possible quality of teaching and assessment, providing them with a wealth of knowledge in their chosen discipline.
- We will provide students with opportunities to develop the transferable skills they’ll need in their careers.
- We will give our students the necessary experience to ensure that they are able to make educated decisions.
- We will equip our students with a growth mindset – ensuring that they are positive, adaptable, and ready for any situation they may be faced within life after university.
- We will ensure that Swansea University graduates are resilient, confident, able to work effectively with colleagues, have the ability to critically evaluate their own perspectives and those of others, they will plan the way forward with creativity and be adept at making things happen.
What are the Quality Assurance Agency principles relating to student achievement?
The Quality Assurance Agency’s Guiding Principles for Enabling Student Achievement, as well as the Guiding Principles for Student Engagement, are relevant to the above.
How does the University and Students’ Union partnership support delivery?
Through a strong working relationship, the Students’ Union and the University seek to continue to prioritise the Student Voice in order to enable the best possible student experience.
An established Rep System of over 350 members acts as a bridge between students and the University. The elected representatives for each course are equipped with suitable skills to ensure themselves and their peers thrive in their optimal teaching environment. Together we will empower our staff and students to enhance their learning and teaching experiences by developing high quality, collaborative and easy to use systems and processes to better support the student experience.